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Diversity and Inclusion

Be the Change We Want to See

RSA Conference is, and has always been, about bringing all cybersecurity professionals together and empowering the collective “we” in the industry. We feel passionately about ensuring diversity and inclusivity (D&I) in every aspect of our events. This includes the equal representation and expression of all genders, orientations, physical abilities, religions, ethnicities and experiences. At its core, it’s this kind of collaboration that stands to unlock our industry’s truest potential.

RSAC’s Diversity & Inclusion Guiding Principles

  1. Governance: Improving governance of RSAC on content direction and important concerns for the community, including D&I

  2. Experience: Ensuring RSA Conference is a welcoming, safe and comfortable space for all

  3. Programming: Programming content and activities that create an environment for positive and inclusive dialogue and valuable collaboration between perspectives of all kinds

  4. Investment: Investing in solutions and partnerships that address the roots of bias and exclusion

Diversity & Inclusion Programs (New for 2019)

Governance: Improving governance of D&I issues

Changes to the RSAC Advisory Board

  • The Advisory Board originally formed with respected members of our community to provide a voice in the industry, evolved to provide opinions on the content at RSAC and now, it is a committee who looks at a broader set of issues in cybersecurity, including D&I issues in the cyber sector.

  • We are also adding nine respected members from diverse professional and individual backgrounds to our Advisory Board as a way to expand the Board’s relevancy to the entire cybersecurity community.

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Experience: Ensuring RSA Conference is a welcoming, safe and comfortable space for all

  • Safe Walk Program: Working in conjunction with the city of San Francisco, increased patrols will take place in and around hotels not serviced by RSAC bus routes.

  • Code of Conduct and Exhibitor Dress Code Guidelines: Review the Conference’s current policies and implement updates as well as improve alert and enforcement processes.

  • Introduction of Onsite Child Care (a pilot program that will be based on interest indicated during this year’s registration process).

  • Introduction of a Prayer Room for attendees and staff.

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Programming: Content and activity that creates an environment for positive and inclusive dialogue, bringing all voices together

Increased representation of diverse voices throughout all of our content – speaking sessions, keynotes, podcasts and blogs.

  • We updated the language in the Call for Speakers submission form to be more inclusive of diverse points of view and backgrounds, and promoted Call for Speakers across our community and added outreach to various affinity groups to encourage their participation.

  • On the keynote stages we will not have any all-male panels. We have also provided guidance to our sponsors to encourage them to use their sessions as a platform for more expansive perspectives, identities and backgrounds.

  • Building off of our annual RSAC Women’s Networking Reception and Diversity Seminar, we are developing:
    • A half day talent diversity seminar, partnered with W Risk and LadyCoders, on “Solving our Cybersecurity Talent Shortage.”
    • A robust half day forum, developed with Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF), The Diana Initiative, Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) and Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS), will offer a mentor-focused opportunity to prepare individuals for the Call for Speakers process and build confidence for presenting to large groups. 
    • The promotion of affinity group meet-ups designed to bring together like-minded people. This will include an international community gathering.
    • The Capture the Flag program in conjunction with SANS and Women’s Society in Cyberjutsu.
    • Monthly blog series discussions regarding talent and D&I in cybersecurity.

Investment: Investing in solutions and partnerships that address the roots of bias and exclusion

  • A youth STEM program used to introduce cybersecurity to those who may not otherwise be exposed or encouraged to the field. This program will culminate in a live hacking activity and includes partnerships with Girl Scouts and Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, plus more groups to come.

  • RSA Conference Scholarships provide a Full Conference Pass to successful applicants. We’ll be working with a variety of organizations to create our application process.

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If you belong to an organization that also seeks to advance diversity and inclusion in our industry, please reach out so we can talk! Contact us.

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